Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century

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by Dorothy Roberts

The New Press

9/4/2012, paperback

SKU: 9781595588340


This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of the biological concept of race--revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases--continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era.

Named one of the ten best black nonfiction books 2011 by AFRO.com, Fatal Invention offers a timely and "provocative analysis" ("Nature") of race, science, and politics by one of the nation's leading legal scholars and social critics.


" Fatal Invention is a triumph!" --Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid and Deadly Monopolies

"A must-read for those looking for an enlightened discussion of race in the 21st century." -- Library Journal

"[Roberts] dismantles the reasons for using race to determine healthy policy and exposes how embedded social assumptions can shape medicine's research agenda and distort science." -- Ms. Magazine

About the Author:

Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds and is the co-editor of six books on gender and constitutional law. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women's Healthy Imperative and lives in Evanston, Illinois.